All our logs are British, locally sourced, never plantation or commercially grown and we know where every tree comes from and why it was felled. This produces probably the most truly sustainable timber available anywhere, but also some of the most beautiful as the trees were not grown for profit but for their beauty. They have never been felled for their timber value, and having often grown old have all the internal markings of trees that have lived – and sometimes died standing.
Our prime source is Westonbirt Arboretum as we now take most of their logs, but we also take from large local estates, local woods, The Duchy, the National Trust and even local gardens and parks. If the wood can be viably collected – even if only marginally – we will bring it in. We are currently working to bring in a very big Blue Cedar from the Forest of Dean which has to be felled for safety reasons:
- This sourcing means we get a huge variety of species which has its upsides and its downsides. We see and have a huge variety of timbers, but this means we often have relatively small stocks of each species especially if it is rare, so we often have to market small quantities of non-repeating timbers which is costly and difficult.
- We track each tree through all the processes from collection to the finished products. We can therefore give the provenance of the wood for each final product. This enables us to provide arboreal labels which state the botanical and common names of the species and where it grew.
- As all the main production ‘processes’ are carried out in the Cotswolds by us, most of our timber travels no more than 50 miles in total before it is a final product, which is what truly sustainable, low carbon, low energy living is all about.
- As our mill can handle logs up to, and now sometimes over, 1.5m in diameter, there isn’t really anything we cannot handle – so even the biggest logs come to us. We recently collected a Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon) grown in Gloucestershire that was 1.7m across!
We never buy in timber other than as logs, so cannot quickly replace stock which others can. Those selling European or American Oak or anything else, simply replace sold stock with new, but we cannot – or will not do that – and anyway all our timber is British. As it takes many months at best, and a year or more at worst, to bring timber from its arriving log to being ready for final production, we have to guess at future sales to know what logs to bring in! This is especially true for larger section timbers like the legs for tables. This is a big challenge but the environmental rewards are high.
We hope you love and enjoy any and every product bought from us.